Vincente Minnelli, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland

TWO Vincente Minnelli Film Retrospectives

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Two film retrospectives devoted to the unique and legendary career of director Vincente Minnelli (Judy’s second husband, Liza’s father), one coming up in New York, and the other happening right now in Luasanne, Switzerland.  Both feature 35mm prints of the films.


The Swiss Film Archive based in Lausanne kicks off its new season with a major retrospective dedicated to the work of legendary American filmmaker Vincente Minnelli. Husband of Judy Garland and father to Liza Minnelli, he is perhaps best known for his musicals, like An American in ParisGigi, and The Bandwagon, which were innovative for its time. The Swiss Film Archive is screening all of Minnelli’s works, from comedies to dark dramas, until the end of September.

Alphabetical Listing of scheduled films (go to the link above for details)
(Judy’s films noted in red):

Ziegfeld Follies Lobby Card

A Matter of Time
An American in Paris
Bad and the Beautiful
Band Wagon
Cabin in the Sky
Designing Woman
Father of the Bride
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Home from the Hill
I Dood It
Long, long trailer
Lust for Life
Madame Bovary
Meet Me in St. Louis
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Reluctant Debutante
Some Came Running
Tea and Sympathy
Two Weeks in Another Town
Yolanda and the Thief
Ziegfeld Follies


BAMcinématek presents The Complete Vincente Minnelli, the first full New York retrospective of the Hollywood master in more than 20 years, Sep 23—Nov 2 (32 days, 35 films)

35mm prints. The Wall Street Journal is the BAMcinématek and BAM Rose Cinemas sponsor.

1944 Meet Me in St. Louis Window CardBrooklyn, NY/Aug 30, 2011— Beginning September 23 and continuing through November 2, BAMcinématek presents The Complete Vincente Minnelli, the first full New York retrospective of the Hollywood master in more than two decades. This 35-film series pays homage to one of the all-time great Hollywood directors, with a career that included successful forays into the musical (which earned him his reputation at MGM), subversive and deeply personal melodramas and sensitive biopics, and airy comedies. The retrospective, presented in conjunction with the Locarno International Film Festival, offers a chance to reevaluate the Hollywood giant’s status as an auteur, truly one of cinema’s greatest artists. All films in The Complete Vincente Minnelli will be projected in 35mm, except for one which will be shown in 16mm.

Popularly associated with meticulously decorated, nostalgic musicals like Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), An American in Paris (1951), The Band Wagon (1953), and the beloved Gigi (which swept the 1959 Oscars, winning in all nine categories that it was nominated including Best Picture and Best Director), Minnelli also proved to be a master of multiple genres over his 34-year directing career, including several darker dramas that were under- appreciated by his contemporaries. Minnelli was as poetically cynical as Billy Wilder in the Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner vehicle The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and its follow-up, Two Weeks in Another Town (1960). He was as skilled as Douglas Sirk at the Technicolor CinemaScope melodrama in The Cobweb (1955) and Home From the Hill (1960). Presenting his entire corpus at once offers a chance to appreciate his fabulous range, while also calling attention to the themes, motifs, and pet obsessions that unify his films. The majority of the prints in The Complete Vincente Minnelli come from the Warner Bros. studio archive, but many prints have also been unearthed from archives worldwide: the Cinémathèque Suisse, Cinémathèque Francaise, the British Film Institute, as well as American archives such as George Eastman House, the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Academy Film Archive.

Complete Press Release (PDF)

Schedule (Judy’s films noted in red):
All films in 35mm except where noted.

Friday, Sep 23

2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm: Cabin in the Sky

Saturday, Sep 24

2, 4:30, 7, 9:30pm: The Bad and the Beautiful

Sunday, Sep 25

2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm: Two Weeks in Another Town

Thursday, Sep 29

1945 The Clock Three Sheet4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm: The Clock

Friday, Sep 30

2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm: The Band Wagon

Saturday, Oct 1

2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm: Meet Me in St. Louis

Sunday, Oct 2

3, 6, 9pm: Some Came Running

Monday, Oct 3

4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm: Yolanda and the Thief

Tuesday, Oct 4

7pm: Undercurrent

Wednesday, Oct 5

4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm: Designing Woman

Thursday, Oct 6

7:20, 9:30pm: The Long, Long Trailer

Friday, Oct 7

3, 6, 9pm: Madame Bovary

Saturday, Oct 8

2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm: An American in Paris

Sunday, Oct 9

2, 4:30, 7, 9:30pm: Lust for Life

Monday, Oct 10

4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm: Ziegfeld Follies

Tuesday, Oct 11

7pm: Father of the Bride screening with Father’s Little Dividend—Double Feature

Thursday, Oct 13

7:20, 9:40pm: The Sandpiper

Friday, Oct 14

2, 4:30, 9:15pm: Kismet 6:50pm: I Dood It

Saturday, Oct 15

6:30, 9:30pm: Home from the Hill

Sunday, Oct 16

2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm: The Pirate

The Pirate - 1948 Australian Poster

Monday, Oct 17

6:50, 9:15pm: Goodbye Charlie

Tuesday, Oct 18

4:30, 7, 9:30pm: The Story of Three Loves

Wednesday, Oct 19

4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm: Tea and Sympathy

Monday, Oct 24

6:50, 9:30pm: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Tuesday, Oct 25

6:50, 9:15pm: A Matter of Time

Wednesday, Oct 26

7:30pm: The Cobweb *Cinemachat with Elliott Stein

Thursday, Oct 27

4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm: The Seventh Sin

Thursday, Oct 28

2, 6:50pm: The Courtship of Eddie’s Father
4:30, 9:15pm: The Reluctant Debutante

Friday, Oct 29

6:50, 9:30pm: Bells are Ringing

Saturday, Oct 30

2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm: Gigi

Tuesday, Nov 1

6:30, 9:30pm: The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Wednesday, Nov 2

6:50, 9:15pm: Brigadoon 

Vincente Minnelli, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland
Vincente Minnelli, Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland on the set of The Pirate

Check out The Judy Room Filmography Section for detailed info about the films


  1. I must be totally dense! I went to the BAMcinematek website and cannot find this Minnelli retrospective listed anywhere on their schedule — nor any information about getting tickets, etc. Could you please provide a link to the series? What am I doing missing? I sure would appreciate it. Thanks.

      1. You’re not going to believe this. I emailed BAM directly — and they emailed back saying this retrospective took place last spring and that it’s not happening this fall? Are they that disorganized and uninformed about what’s going on at their own venue?

        1. Hmmmm – I’ll find out. Liza’s publicist sent me the PDF press release to post. It’s all about September, so perhaps the person you emailed doesn’t know what’s going on? Odd. Whatever I find out, I’ll post.

          PS – check out the updated PDF link in the post for the press release, which clearly states this month.

  2. Hey Scott and Eric. Thanks for hipping me to this retrospective, Scott! I see now that there’s a blurb in The New Yorker about it too. The BAM web site doesn’t seem to be updated and showing this upcoming retrospective yet — it does show some events from earlier this year, which might be what led to the erroneous info Eric was given. Hopefully info will be updated soon.

    This looks GREAT.

  3. rare Judy footage!

    rare on set footage from The Wizard of Oz (2:36-2:41 in this video)

    Judy at Roddy McDowall’s beach house in 1965 (in a set of his personal home movies just released on Youtube) [start at 5:16, she’s chatting to Lauren Bacall[

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